Telemedicine in Rural Areas lead to A1c Improvements

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of how healthcare services are delivered in the U.S.

In our new “normal,” many healthcare professionals have begun to adopt telehealth/telemedicine services.

Is this new method leading to positive outcomes?

In a Veterans Health Administration program that combined Intensive telemonitoring, self-management and medication support, there were improved A1c levels within six months for those with diabetes residing in rural areas.

After 6 months of telehealth interventions, researchers of the Advanced Comprehensive Diabetes Care (ACDC), found a 1.36% reduction of HBA1c levels.

Specialists created custom-tailored intensive diabetes management interventions by using telehealth and electronic records systems.

Overall, the results from the ACDC programs across 7 VHA sites showed an overall improvement of “HbA1c, blood pressure, and diabetes self-care.”

People living in rural areas tend to have limited access to specialty care and diabetes management programs. By using telemedicine services we can create more opportunities for people living in rural areas to better manage their diabetes.

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